Applications of cloud computing in the 4.0 era

The continued growth of cloud technology creates opportunities for businesses to increase storage and application capacity.

Cloud computing is the provision of computing power, databases, archives, applications, and information technology resources through the Internet. They are often provided in the form of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or software as a service (SaaS).

Cloud applications are used to build and transfer business systems. As a result, businesses can free IT teams from basic computer infrastructure management tasks such as servers, storage devices, switches, databases and so on.

Economy, computing power and flexibility are the key factors that help the cloud applications go smoothly and quickly. Accordingly, the cloud is particularly suitable for at least four types of systems that often produce work with the high rates of computing, storage, and network resources as the following:



The advanced features of cloud technology form the basis for data integration and analysis. The types of data and analysis being applied in the cloud are quite diverse.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning: the amount of data in the cloud can create the ability to take advantage of technology, AI tools and machine learning in a flexible and efficient way.

Concurrent delivery and computing networks: Large-scale cloud providers can afford to deploy technology-intensive jobs faster at lower costs. For example, a company has reduced the time it takes to install web applications from hours to minutes in the cloud.

Internet of Things (IoT) streaming and application processing: The cloud platform is suitable for sample-based operating applications and detailed information collected from real-time sensor devices. A company that integrates online delivery services can rely on cloud-based applications to reroute vehicles and optimize delivery roads. For time-sensitive jobs such as online interaction, the distribution on the computer network "moves" computing power, data, and services closer to the connected devices.

Extracting, converting and applying data storage technologies: Businesses such as banks, retailers, importing and exporting companies are increasingly using the cloud to clean up existing huge data sets and hosting their traditional data platforms (such as Hadoop) to improve performance and throughput.

In addition, data services and third-party web services are always available in the cloud and easily integrated into digital applications. Example: Your company can activate storage from a third party to instantly have unlimited storage with just a few mouse clicks. Meanwhile, incorporating these features into on-premises applications will be more labor-intensive and increase latency.



The amount of new digital work is largely on the cloud, which eliminates the difficulty of moving current workloads to the cloud.


Businesses will often start with highly compatible applications on the cloud platform and then store on distributed cloud servers running on Windows or Linux. Old IT workloads stored on mainframes will often be moved as the final step. It usually takes at least three years for these workloads to be ready for transfer. Therefore, the sooner the conversion is made, the faster the adaptation speed will be.


This is the type of work which is usually moved earliest to the cloud. These platforms also provide a relatively simple transferring path. The most specific case can be enterprise email integration, digital communication tools to improve productivity, collaboration, and innovation.

The cloud is an indispensable wave to entice every business in the age of intensive technology adoption. The attractive technical benefits, profits, and costs are so difficult to ignore. Quickly capturing the cloud, business and IT leaders can leverage technological aspects in the direction of creating value and customer satisfaction.

By: Joe Cook